Joyce (Dugas) Judice

first_imgJoyce (Dugas) Judice, 88, passed from this life, June 23, 2016 at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont following an extended illness.Joyce was born October 16, 1927, in Port Arthur, to George Mitchell and Julia (Hebert) Dugas. She was a January 1946 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and Port Arthur Business College.Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew (Andy) of sixty-four years; her parents; two brothers, George, Jr. and Varnes N. Dugas; and granddaughter, Kelly Judice. She worked for Texaco- Terminal Division as a Confidential Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent from April 1946 to July 1953, when she resigned to join her husband in the Army stationed in San Miguel, California.Joyce was a member of St. Therese Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church where she was a member of the St. Paul’s Altar Society Group for many years. She served as president of that group for one year and worked for many years with the parish festivals. Joyce was also a member of the Kay-C-Ettes Council 3195 in Port Acres.She was an avid arts and crafts person. Joyce enjoyed sewing, creating lacy and glittery Christmas ornaments for relatives and friends alike. Today, many are reaping the rewards of her works. For several years she enjoyed baking and decorating cakes for family and friends. Joyce enjoyed embroidery, crewel stitchery, and counted cross stitchery, of which many of her creations grace the walls of her home during the Christmas holidays which was her favorite time to display her talents. One of her favorite hobbies was to display her “Snow Village” at the base of her Christmas tree for all to enjoy.Most importantly, she enjoyed helping family and friends in need of her time and talents, no matter what the occasion.She is survived by her five children, Deborah A. Dorman and her husband, Earl, of Sulphur, Louisiana; Julie M. Dickerson and her husband, Doyle, of Jasper; Michael A. and his wife, Susan, of Georgetown; Glenn E. and his wife, Lisa, of Nederland; Kevin L. and his wife, Vicki of Houston; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.The family would like to thank the staff of Harbor Hospice for the care that was given to Mrs. Judice.center_img In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc. 6707 Democracy Blvd, Ste 325, Bethesda, Maryland 20817.A gathering of Mrs. Judice’s family and friends will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with her Rosary recited at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 27, 2016, at St. Therese, The Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 6412 Garnet, Port Arthur with her interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.Complete and updated information may be found at: read more

Going to Sacramento: IRONMAN California scheduled for October 2021

first_img Related The IRONMAN Group, in conjunction with Visit Sacramento, has announced that Sacramento, California, will serve as the newest host venue for a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon. The inaugural event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 24, 2021 – with general registration opening in July 2020.The new event in Sacramento follows on from the end of the full-distance IRONMAN triathlon in Santa Rosa, California.“We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with the state of California by bringing a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon to Sacramento next year,” said Dave Christen, Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group.“Northern California has proven to be an amazing location to host world-class events and we believe that Sacramento will continue to build on the legacy that Santa Rosa created in the sport. We know our athletes will be excited to race another full-distance triathlon through the beautiful capital of the Golden State.”Sacramento, California’s state capital, is the fifth largest city in the state and sits just under 90 miles northeast of Oakland and San Francisco. The city is known as one of the most historic cities in the state, filled with landmarks, museums, culture and farm-to-fork restaurants with local craft beer and wine. Considered to have a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild winters and dry summers, Sacramento offers weather conditions for outdoor lovers making for a vibrant, active community.Following the sunset edition of the IRONMAN Santa Rosa triathlon taking place on July 25, 2020, the inaugural IRONMAN California triathlon will continue the tradition of triathlon that has been built in the region offering the only full-distance IRONMAN event in the state.With course announcements soon to come, IRONMAN notes that.. ‘participants can expect a down-river swim, a scenic bike through the agricultural landscape that surrounds Sacramento and beautiful run along the river trail. This fast-paced course will bring the need for speed, with personal records within reach throughout the weekend.’“Visit Sacramento’s Sports Commission is thrilled to welcome IRONMAN to our city,” said Visit Sacramento CEO Mike Testa. “Our unbeatable weather coupled with our prime outdoor spaces and tremendous community of sports fans makes Sacramento an ideal host for this exciting event.“We look forward to working with IRONMAN, our hospitality partners and the City of Sacramento to make the 2021 competition a success.”General registration for the inaugural 2021 IRONMAN California triathlon will open in July 2020. The event will offer qualifying slots to the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`

Police searching for missing Overland Park woman find body in south KC, murder-suicide possible

first_imgMikayala Norris.Police who had been searching for a young Overland Park woman reported missing earlier this week located a body in south Kansas City, they announced Wednesday.Late Tuesday, investigators also located the body of a man in Liberty who was believed to have been observed driving the missing woman’s car.The family of Overland Resident Mikayala L. Norris, 18, alerted authorities that she had not been seen or contacted since around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when she was at work in the vicinity of 95th Street and Metcalf. Her Facebook profile indicates that she worked at Taco Bell. Based on her parents’ concerns, police issued a request for help locating Norris Tuesday, noting that she was last seen driving her black 2007 Toyota Camry.A tip to police suggested that a man had been seen driving Norris’s car sometime Tuesday in Gladstone, Mo., and law enforcement agencies released a photo of the man captured on a convenience store security camera.Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers found a person who had died of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot and who matched the description of the person of interest in Norris’s disappearance behind the Academy Sports location in Liberty.Overland Park police received a tip Tuesday suggesting that Norris’s body may have been in the vicinity of 83rd Street and Hillcrest Road in south Kansas City. A search located the body of a women in the woods near 85th and Hillcrest Road.Norris graduated from Fort Scott High School in Fort Scott, Kan., earlier this year.last_img read more

Friends of JCDS selling tax credits to fundraise purchase of two lots in Johnson County

first_imgFriends of JCDS is planning to build two more homes for residents with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. File photoFriends of Johnson County Developmental Supports is selling tax credits as part of its fundraising efforts to purchase property and build two new homes for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.Through the end of 2019, or until the nonprofit runs out, Friends is selling $80,000 in tax credits through the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit program. When Kansans make a donation of $250, they can get $125 off their state taxes (as a credit, not a deduction).The funds raised from the tax credits will enable the nonprofit to raise $160,000 in capital to purchase two lots in Johnson County. Friends will then build two homes to provide affordable and accessible housing for 10 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who are receiving services through Johnson County Developmental Supports.Earlier this month, the nonprofit celebrated the opening of its 14th house with an open house and tours of the home. These two new homes will be the organization’s 15th and 16th, bringing it closer to its goal of 20 houses by 2025.“This is just really for people that need it most,” said Janel Bowers, chief development and operations officer for the nonprofit. “That’s what we do, and we’re going to continue to do that. How we’re doing that is with tax credits.”In promotions materials for the tax credits, the organization noted that the new homes will be designed to address mobility issues as well as specific housing needs for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are diagnosed with age-related disorders and diseases.Bowers stressed the need for more affordable, accessible housing is growing in Johnson County. The housing market for buyers is not improving in Johnson County, especially for buyers and renters on fixed and/or low incomes, she added.“If you look at 2016, there were 28 apartment complexes in the Johnson County area that accepted Section 8; we’re now down to 22,” she said. “We’re now down to 22.”Friends of JCDS accepts Section 8 housing participants, she added.To participate in the tax credits program, donors must stipulate that the $250 donation is earmarked for the building of additional housing. In return, they will receive a 50% State of Kansas Tax Credit for the tax year that their donation was received.Tax credits will be sold until they run out. Anyone interested can contact Bowers at read more

Amber Solutions Intros New Solid-State Two-Wire Dimmer Solution

first_imgAmber Solutions introduced a solid-state two-wire dimmer solution that works without a neutral wire, is compatible with most types of LED lighting, offers flicker-free performance with a wider range of LED bulbs and fixtures, and provides smooth, precise dimming from zero percent to max power.Combining Amber’s patented solid-state AC/DC Enabler and AC Switch for digital control of electricity enables the Amber two-wire dimmer to intelligently monitor and control the flow of electricity, eliminating all mechanical pieces used in existing solutions. The results include the ability to deliver a superior dimming experience without flicker or drop-off and a low minimum wattage range to eliminate most ghosting.Amber’s 100 percent digital surge protection is non-sacrificial, so there is no degradation of components no matter how many times a surge necessitates power interruption. A single Amber two-wire dimmer is even smart and flexible enough to dynamically support leading edge or trailing edge dimming, or both, in a single SKU.The company’s major revolution in two-wire dimming is replacing TRIACs, which have traditionally been used to enable two-way current control. Amber replaces this old tech with MOSFETs, based upon Amber’s core technologies with integrated micro-controller intelligence.Amber’s two-wire dimmer is just 3/4 inches deep, enabling use in nearly any type of gang box of any age in any building worldwide. With such a small footprint, there is also ample room for Amber or third-party manufacturers to add sensors and other smart functions.The two-wire dimmer can handle up to 1,000 watts of current and is input voltage independent, so a single dimmer architecture is compatible with every electrical grid on earth, another benefit of Amber’s intelligent solid-state technologies. Near-universal compatibility with LED lighting solutions ensures the projects and electrical infrastructures of yesterday, today and tomorrow can all benefit from Amber’s ultra-precise power control.Amber’s two-wire dimmer solution follows the recent introduction of the company’s first LED lighting fixture architecture, intended for commercial projects that demand high lumen solutions – or reduced energy usage. Similar to the two-wire dimmer redesign, Amber shrinks component-size for its LED lights, such as the power supply, which is just one-tenth the size of traditional power supplies. The LED lights also feature enhanced energy efficiency, delivering 200 lumens per watt of input, versus the industry standard of 170 lumens per watt.last_img read more

Chief Justice sets the court’s priorities

first_imgChief Justice sets the court’s priorities March 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Chief Justice sets the court’s priorities Senior EditorWhile adequate funding remains the top goal, Florida courts have additional priorities in the upcoming legislative session, according to Chief Justice Peggy Quince. In reports on February 17 to the House Criminal and Civil Justice Policy Council and February 18 to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Quince called for better programs to help children, families, and those with mental illnesses, among other things.“I am concerned about the state’s performance and our ability to protect children through our child welfare system,” the chief justice said at her first appearance.She noted the federal government audited Florida’s programs and found deficiencies in the child welfare system. While the major responsibility falls to the Department of Children and Families and local programs, courts do have a role, she said.“We must work together to address the concerns of our children and improve the system that we have,” Quince said.That carries over into the second goal of continuing to improve Florida’s unified family court system, which aims to have all cases involving one family heard by one judge.“Circuit courts hear more family-related cases than they do civil or criminal. So it is imperative that we. . . ensure these cases are heard expeditiously,” Quince said.Last year, a special Supreme Court subcommittee drafted an ambitious plan for overhauling the treatment of the state’s mentally ill citizens. It called for more community-based monitoring and treatment, which in turn would reduce the use of jails to house the mentally ill, many of whom frequently cycle in and out of incarceration. The plan was introduced in the Legislature last year but, in a session dominated by budget worries, failed to advance.“There really is presently a revolving door in the Florida mental health services system. We wind up with recidivism. . . and a breakdown in our criminal justice system, wasting dollars,” the chief justice said. “We spend a half a billion dollars on these mentally ill patients. To address this issue, legislation has been introduced to create a safe, effective, and cost-efficient system.“It will decrease crime, improve public safety, and improve public health.”Quince also called for supporting drug courts, saying they are “a real alternative to incarceration for nonviolent offenders with addiction problems.”She noted a federal study that said drug courts can reduce crime by 18 to 26 percent, and the better drug courts by 35 percent. They have also been shown to dramatically reduce recidivism, which saves the state money on prisons and other related costs.While those things are important, Quince reiterated the court system’s top goal for the year will be funding.“Without adequate funding, we are sure to fail in our attempts to administer justice and in the initiatives I have talked to you about today,” she said. “We will not be able to adequately adjudicate cases fairly, impartially, and in a timely manner.”Previous cuts have already reduced the courts’ budget by $50 million with a loss of 300 positions, which in turn has slowed down the handling of cases. Quince noted the recent study by the Washington Economics Group that estimated that delays in court cases are costing Florida residents and businesses $17.4 billion annually — a figure that House committee Chair Rep. Julio Robaina, R-Miami, said he found impressive.“The problem is not just civil cases. All divisions of our courts are affected by the loss of resources,” she said. “We continue to have concerns that our courts will be able to adequately function.”Quince outlined the seven principles the courts are advocating as the future funding methods for the courts, which were first enunciated at the court funding summit held at the Bar’s Midyear meeting in January.Those points are:• Court functions as laid out in state law should be fully funded by the state.• Fees paid by citizens to access the courts should be dedicated to supporting the courts, as provided by state law.• Fines and costs raised through the court system should be earmarked for other “justice system partners,” which could include state attorneys and public defenders. (Not having court-imposed fines and costs used to fund the courts addresses concerns about “cash register justice.”)• All revenues currently raised from court operations, including filing fees, should be re-evaluated to see how much of the filing fees should go to the courts.• Higher filing fees should only be imposed after an examination and possible revision of the current filing fee split.• Some parts of the court system —notably judicial salaries — should continue to be funded by state general revenues. (That is also intended to address concerns about “cash register justice.”)• Money raised through fees and from other sources should be deposited in a trust fund for use by the court.In response to a question from Rep. Nick Thompson, R-Ft. Myers, Quince said the workload of the courts typically goes up during bad economic times, and the money raised from fees and other charges should also increase, giving the courts the resources to handle their extra duties.“I do believe there is sufficient money there that you can put in the trust fund that the court system would in fact not have a problem,” she said.Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, asked if Quince had let local courts know the full extent of the funding crisis, including limiting or eliminating travel and the need to work long hours to resolve backlogs.Quince said she has stressed to the trial courts the critical budget problems. The courts have both a hiring and travel freeze, she added, and any new hires must be cleared through her office.“They know they cannot travel whenever they would like to; they know they cannot hire whenever they would like to; they know they have to be in their offices working, and quite often even though they may not be in their offices, judges are working. We take work home at night,” Quince said. “We are in fact working and pulling together to minimize the impact of the reductions that are taking place.”last_img read more

For Hopkins, the pandemic presents an unusual, challenging time to be a coach

first_imgFor Hopkins, the pandemic presents an unusual, challenging time to be a coachHopkins continues to try and motivate her runners with hopes of a fall season.Kamaan RichardsThe Gophers begin their race at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Both Men’s and Women’s teams earned first place in the meet.  Brendan O’BrienMay 5, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor Sarah Hopkins, Gophers women’s cross country head coach, the last few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic have been like running a marathon without knowing when the finish line will be.“Marathons are long enough and hard enough when you know it ends,” Hopkins said. “To have a situation like this where you don’t really know when it is going to end and what the end point is going to look like makes it a little bit more challenging.”Despite seasons ending prematurely and facilities closed down, runners on the cross country team are some of the few athletes able to train. Equipment, training facilities and in-person interaction with coaches may not be paramount to runners’ routines. However, coaches are even unable to mandate runners to train and report back with results. Instead, captains and others on the team can check in with different workouts for everyone to follow on their own time.While her team is able to continue training, Hopkins said it is important runners do not overwork themselves because the team does not have access to training facilities and medical attention like it normally would. She said this time is a great opportunity to balance training with staying healthy and keeping some aspects of their lives as normal as possible.“For [the team], I think it is nice that everything else is different but at least every day they can get out the door and go for a run and it feels the same,” Hopkins said. “It keeps them in their rhythm and in their pattern and keeps a little bit of sanity in a lot of ways.”From sending funny memes or GIFs in the team’s group chat to sending different inspirational quotes, Hopkins has tried different ways to keep her team upbeat and motivated during a time when people might be struggling to find motivation. She said it can be especially difficult for goal-orientated runners when there are no races to compete in and see their training translate into results. Nevertheless, Hopkins has been reminding her runners of the potential success the team could have in the fall as long as the season takes place and the runners remain focused. The Gophers return several runners from last season’s squad, which reached the NCAA Championship meet and will also have sisters Megan and Bethany Hasz returning for their final cross country season. Minnesota is expected to compete for the Big Ten title and a high finish at the NCAA Championships.“No one really knew what to expect, but she gives us the support we need and is helping us through it all,” redshirt sophomore Sophie Schmitz said of Hopkins. “It’s really comforting to know she wants the best for us and checking in to make sure, aside from running, we’re okay. She’s obviously a good shoulder to lean on.”The Gophers are not alone in this time, as every other team in the nation is experiencing similar challenges. Hopkins has spoken with coaches across the country to pick their brains for other ideas for how to handle this situation, but said everyone is flying blindly as no one has experienced something like this before. While this is affecting every team, Hopkins thinks teams that continue to give their best effort will come out of this with the most success.Hopkins said it has been strange not doing what she normally would as a coach. On top of not being able to track her team’s progress on a regular basis, Hopkins’ recruiting process for the 2021 class has already been negatively affected. During this time, Hopkins and other coaches would normally travel to evaluate runners in high school meets. The 2020 class for Minnesota is set, but now everyone is unable to evaluate juniors in high school and plan for the long-term future.“You realize how many things you can’t do as a coach when you can’t leave your house,” Hopkins said.last_img read more

ENVY Residences set for spring completion

first_imgThe $47 million ENVY Residences condominium tower in Old Town Scottsdale, near Scottsdale and Camelback Roads is on track to open in late spring.Developed by Deco Communities, the residential project will bring 89 high-end residences to the heart of Scottsdale’s arts, entertainment and nightlife mecca. The building will celebrate its grand opening and welcome the first residents in late May 2016.“The completion of ENVY is a landmark event for the city of Scottsdale and this area of Old Town Scottsdale,” said Rob Lyles, senior partner with Deco Communities. “This year, dozens of homeowners will move into the building, infusing the crucial element of high end residential into the area,” he said.Designed by Los Angeles architect Daniel Gehman, the building is comprised of 89 condominium units and three levels of underground parking. The residences range in price from the mid-$300,000s to more than $1 million.Both exceptional and unique to ENVY Residences is the opportunity for ENVY buyers to curate their own living spaces by working side-by-side with Deco’s award-winning lead interior designer Morgan Kofron.“What sets apart ENVY as a luxury building that leads the market is that our buyers have unique opportunity to select almost every design detail that will go into their new home,” said Morgan Kofron, lead designer for the Deco Design Studio. “From exotic finishes to specialty imported appliances, we work diligently side-by-side with our buyers to help them curate a living space that effortlessly reflects their personal style and tastes.”Rising eight stories into the sky, ENVY offers some of the most enviable views in Scottsdale. With large floor-to-ceiling windows designed to maximize viewing, residents on upper floors will have unobstructed views of the McDowell Mountains and Camelback Mountain, perfect for viewing the Valley’s iconic sunsets.The sleek theme continues inside the building with contemporary styling that fuses cosmopolitan living with pure luxury in each of the project’s 10 floor plans including eight penthouse designs. Hallmarks of the ENVY brand include quality kitchens by Poggenpohl, Bosch appliances, high ceilings, spacious walk-in closets, wood flooring and expansive balconies.An emphasis on VIP amenities encompasses the scope of offerings by ENVY Residences. ENVY amenities include 24-hour concierge and security, a 4,000 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness facility designed by Phoenix celebrity fitness trainer Lucas James, a high-energy pool area, secured tri-level parking and the Black Label Lounge, a private owners’-only club within the building.Additional resident benefits include private jet flight hours, a personal trainer, and front of the line VIP access to Valley’s premier hot spots via the ENVY residents Black Card.last_img read more

The Internet’s hidden science factory

first_imgPBS:In a small apartment in a small town in northeastern Mississippi, Sarah Marshall sits at her computer, clicking bubbles for an online survey, as her 1-year-old son plays nearby. She hasn’t done this exact survey before, but the questions are familiar, and she works fast. That’s because Marshall is what you might call a professional survey-taker. In the past five years, she has completed roughly 20,000 academic surveys. This is her 21st so far this week. And it’s only Tuesday.Marshall is a worker for Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, an online job forum where “requesters” post jobs, and an army of crowdsourced workers complete them, earning fantastically small fees for each task. The work has been called microlabor, and the jobs, known as Human Intelligence Tasks, or HITs, range wildly. Some are tedious: transcribing interviews or cropping photos. Some are funny: prank calling someone’s buddy (that’s worth $1) or writing the title to a pornographic movie based on a collection of dirty screen grabs (6 cents). And others are downright bizarre. One task, for example, asked workers to strap live fish to their chests and upload the photos. That paid $5 — a lot by Mechanical Turk standards.…“Most of what’s happening in these studies involves trying to understand human behavior,” said Yale University’s David Rand. “Understanding bias and prejudice, and how you make financial decisions, and how you make decisions generally that involve taking risks, that kind of thing. And there are often very clear policy implications.”As the use of online crowdsourcing in research continues to grow, some are asking the question: How reliable are the data that these modern-day research subjects generate?Read the whole story: PBS More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

UNUO: Accessible tourism and work with groups with special needs and all types of disabilities

first_imgAssociation of teachers in the field of hospitality education ( UNUO ), as part of the CookLook project organizes a free workshop “Accessible tourism and work with groups with special needs and all types of disabilities” which will be held 04.10.2016. in Zagreb.The project activities are also aimed at introducing tourist guides to the basics of working with groups with special needs and all types of disabilities, and see the entire program of the workshop here. After more than 12 years of working in restaurants and hotels, as well as in the hotel restaurant of the Esplanade Hotel, Vedran Habel, president of the Association of Teachers in Hospitality Education, decided to share his knowledge and experience and educate people with special needs to improve quality of life. Due to the desire to improve education, he founded an association so that as many people eager to transfer knowledge as possible get the opportunity to be part of various educational projects. “I had a desire to transfer the gained work experience to others, so I got a job as a teacher of cooking and a teacher of national dishes at the Public Open University in Zagreb. After some time and experience, I was intrigued by the differences between people, so I expanded my teaching horizons to various workshops related to projects to improve the lives of people with disabilities, teaching cooking skills to people with disabilities, cooking for women ambassadors, nutrition nutrition athletes and more countless other educational programs. ” said Habel.The vision of the association is to improve the education of people with disabilities, and that through education and cooking workshops, above all, provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to show their ability to work in the hospitality industry and more easily find employment in the profession. For more information on the Association of Teachers in the Hospitality Education, see website.last_img read more